Fruit and vegetable consumption increases your mental health.

fruitsandvegetablesA new study by the University of Warwick Medical School focused on mental well-being and determined that mental health was directly associated with an individual’s fruit and .Low mental well-being is strongly linked to mental illness and , but high mental well-being is more than the absence of symptoms or illness; it is a state in which people feel good and function well. Optimism, happiness, self-esteem, resilience and good relationships with others are all part of this state. .

The study consisted of evaluating 14,000 who had a high mental well being and who consumed five or more portions of a day, compared with only 6.8% who ate less than one portion.

“Along with smoking, fruit and was the health-related behaviour most consistently associated with both low and high mental well-being. These novel findings suggest that fruit and may play a potential role as a driver, not just of physical, but also of mental well-being in the general population,” said Dr Saverio Stranges.

“Mental illness is hugely costly to both the individual and society, and mental wellbeing underpins many physical diseases, unhealthy lifestyles and social inequalities in health. It has become very important that we begin to research the factors that enable people to maintain a sense of wellbeing.
“Our findings add to the mounting evidence that fruit and could be one such factor and mean that people are likely to be able to enhance their mental wellbeing at the same time as preventing heart disease and cancer,” said Dr Saverio Stranges.

Source

S. Stranges, P. C. Samaraweera, F. Taggart, N.-B. Kandala, S. Stewart-Brown. Major health-related behaviours and mental well-being in the general population: the Health Survey for England. BMJ Open, 2014; 4 (9): e005878 DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005878

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